Conference on Challenges of Population Aging in Asia


Alfred Cheung-ming Chan (Lingnan University), Andrew Mason (University of Hawaii), Atsushi Seike (Keio University), James Smith (RAND Corporation)
14 - 16 April 2014 (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST


The world population is aging in most countries, but perhaps nowhere is as stark as in parts of Asia. To understand the impacts of population aging on the economic and social development in Asia, IEMS collaborated with the Word Bank and organized the conference on “Challenges of Population Aging in Asia” during the 14th-16th of April 2014 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The conference brought together world leading economists and researchers to discuss key issues related to population aging, including elderly well-being, work and retirement, health care systems, pension and social protection. They discussed the relation between aging and economic growth, pointing out that in many countries population aging has put their economic and social systems under strain, but the economic goals are still achievable if all parties of the society work together to cope with this changing reality. Government interventions are necessary and proved helpful in improving the subjective well-being of the elderly, community- and family-based support systems play significant roles in providing for the needs of old people, and institutional reforms in pension and retirement can be designed to improve the life conditions of the elderly and at the same time reduce the burden of old-age caring for the whole society. Researchers shared experiences from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia in policy-making to address various challenges brought by population aging. They agreed that high-quality and harmonized data were needed to conduct empirical research in and across different countries.


Conference on Challenges of Population Aging in Asia (2014.04.14)

Main themes

  • Frontiers of Survey Research on Aging
  • Demographics and Growth
  • Work and Retirement
  • Elderly Well-being
  • Health and Long-term Care
  • Pensions and Social Protection

Keynote speakers


Session on Work and Retirement

Session on Health and Long-term Care

Session on Pensions and Social Protection


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